Best Autobiography with @meganslayer ~ Just as I Am by Cicely Tyson #books

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This week’s post concerns the best autobiography or biography. I rather looked forward to this post because I just read a book that was darn fantastic. Just as I Am by Cicely Tyson, her autobiography. First off, I didn’t know much about her, but the photo on the front captivated me. Then I read it and wow. This woman lived and she was so cool. The book reads like a conversation between friends, too. I recommend it.

And I know there may not be as many Beatles fans here, but The Beatles by Bob Spitz is pretty darn comprehensive for a biography. It’s long, but recommended because it’s in-depth. I loved it.

What books do you recommend? I’m all ears…or in this case, eyes. 🙂

My Favorite Books Turned into Movies…with @meganslayer #movies #books #meganslayer

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This week’s post is about my favorite book and how I’d cast it.

I’m not going to lie. This one is hard. Many of my favorite books have already been made into movies and the casting was spot on. No kidding. To Kill a Mockingbird couldn’t have been cast any better. I mean Gregory Peck IS Atticus Finch. Or how about Shoeless Joe. I can’t imagine anyone else besides Kevin Costner as Ray Kinsella or Ray Liotta as Shoeless Joe. They just fit the parts. I can’t see anyone besides Jack Nicholson as Jack in The Shining.

So I’m trying to decide what book I loved that would have made into a movie…. Hmmm…

I can think of at least one that was cast beautifully, but wasn’t a movie I would’ve made. For one, Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I finally read the short story. I like Capote, but I really didn’t like Holly in the story. I liked her fine enough in the movie, but how can you not like Audrey Hepburn?

Then there’s Doctor Sleep. I loved the book. I did. I liked the Shining, too. But I don’t think Ewan McGregor was the right casting for Jack’s son. I didn’t see him as an older version of Danny. I also didn’t like the dirty old man slant to him. I got more of a vibe that he was broken, but strong. The movie made him out to be more broken and dilapidated – IMHO.

But this is about my favorite book and how I’d cast it. I’m honestly not sure. I like envisioning the characters in my head, rather than seeing how a casting director fills the role. I’d rather leave it to my imagination.

Then what are some of my favorite books? Besides the ones listed above?

  • Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice
  • Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
  • Old Possom’s Book of Practical Cats by TS Eliot
  • A Time to Kill by John Grisham
  • The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

Notice these have already been made into movies? Yep. I would suggest skipping the film version of Cats because it was just…yuck. The Broadway performances are better.

I struggled with this one. What about you? What would you suggest for a favorite book that should be made into a movie? You have to have a better idea than I did. I’m all ears.

Favorite Recipes from Books with @meganslayer ~ Cobbler and a Cat by @authorccdragon

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I’ll be the first to admit I’m not a baker, cooker, chef or any of that. I’m not. That gene skipped me (unless we’re discussing pizza – I can do that). My mother wasn’t a great cook (See the post about her meatloaf…shudder), but my grandmother was a wonderful baker and my great grandmother made wedding cakes.

So asking me about recipes is almost a moot point. I don’t know much about that there cookin’.

But… I did find a recipe in a book that I wanted to try. I had DH make it because he’s a whiz with cheesecake and it was delish.

Check it out. This is my favorite book in the series: Cobbler & a Cat Show

With a house under construction, I’m busier than ever. Grammy really didn’t need to sign Salt and Sugar up for the local cat show and then rope me into a cobbler demonstration at the senior center. I’m already volunteering with the food pantry…

First a cat goes missing from the show. I might be interested in a new guy when his brother asks me out. Then my ex-boyfriend and his girlfriend break up in my mom’s diner. My best friend flakes on my next video. More friend drama and joy. Cat searching…sorry, I just can’t juggle men like I did in high school anymore!
But when someone I love goes missing, I just can’t help myself…

What I’m Reading Fridays with @meganslayer ~ Shrill by Lindy West #books #reading

I picked this book up because I saw the hype on TV for the show. I’m glad I did. Honestly, it’s a brutally honest, funny and makes you think kind of book. This woman has been through stuff and isn’t afraid to say so. She’s also a survivor. She’s funny and relatable, too. If you’re looking for a book that’s like talking to a friend who’s been there, done that and bought the T-shirt, then this might be the one for you.

Shrill is an uproarious memoir, a feminist rallying cry in a world that thinks gender politics are tedious and that women, especially feminists, can’t be funny.

Coming of age in a culture that demands women be as small, quiet, and compliant as possible — like a porcelain dove that will also have sex with you — writer and humoristLindy West quickly discovered that she was anything but.

From a painfully shy childhood in which she tried, unsuccessfully, to hide her big body and even bigger opinions; to her public war with stand-up comedians over rape jokes; to her struggle to convince herself, and then the world, that fat people have value; to her accidental activism and never-ending battle royale with Internet trolls, Lindy narrates her life with a blend of humor and pathos that manages to make a trip to the abortion clinic funny and wring tears out of a story about diarrhea.

With inimitable good humor, vulnerability, and boundless charm, Lindy boldly shares how to survive in a world where not all stories are created equal and not all bodies are treated with equal respect, and how to weather hatred, loneliness, harassment, and loss, and walk away laughing. Shrill provocatively dissects what it means to become self-aware the hard way, to go from wanting to be silent and invisible to earning a living defending the silenced in all caps.

Movies, Books and The Best, Oh My! @meganslayer #movies #books #tv #thebest

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So I’ve been thinking about this prompt. What movies were better than the books… I feel rather unqualified for this as I’m not sure (often) if a movie was based on the book.

But…the longer I thought about it, the more I realized I have a few thoughts.

Forrest Gump – Sorry if you liked the book better. I thought it was a mess. The movie had a sweetness to it that wasn’t there so much in the book.

Field of Dreams – the book is called Shoeless Joe. I honestly liked the movie much better. I just did. Plus…Kevin Costner.

Dracula – I knew this was a book, but I like the original movie – the Bela Lugosi one – best.

The Shawshank Redemption – I liked the original story Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption, but I hated other stories in the collection (it’s part of a short story collection and there are some not fun things that happen to animals. I can read about people giving themselves a mischief, having a mischief or being given a mischief, but the dog/cat/frog/etc dies, I’m out. Even my book club knows that and won’t suggest books that involve a dying/dead critter. Sorry. Rant over.)

Now, I can think of a bunch of books that were better than the movies.

The Secret Life of Bees

In Cold Blood

To Kill a Mockingbird

The Color Purple

The Wizard of Oz

Hidden Figures

I had to admit I didn’t like the film version or book version of Room. That one was too far out there. I’ve watched the film version of M*A*S*H and read the book, too. I personally love the Henry episodes of the TV show the best.

I had no idea Psycho was a book first. No clue that Let the Right One In was a book first. Metropolis was a book and I had no idea.

So what about you? I’ve answered this question in the most sideways way possible. What book was better than the movie, what movie was better than the book and which one didn’t you know was a book first?

Let me know.

Favorite Songs and Musicians ~ @meganslayer #music #songs #tunes

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This week the post concerns my favorite songs or musicians. I’ll make this super easy with a list of my favorite songs.

Whole Lotta Rosie by AC/DC – I don’t know why I like this one so much, but it’s catchy and I like the hook.

Du Hast by Rammstein – Again, it’s the hook. I have no idea what they’re saying since it’s in German and I don’t want it translated. I’ll tell you, though, it does make me run faster and that’s something I like about it.

Awake by Godsmack – Again, it’s a fast song, makes me go fast and the video was filmed at the Mansfield Reformatory, where I’ve been a few times. It’s local. 🙂

When Legends Rise by Godsmack – I’m not wild about all the NE Football in this one. I think the video could’ve been a little more for everyone, but they’re a Boston band and meh.

Summer, Highland Falls – Billy Joel – this is my all-time favorite song. I love the frantic piano line, the odd sense of sadness in it and it’s Billy Joel.

Ticket to Ride – the Beatles – it’s always been my #2 go to song

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John – it took me forever to learn the actual words and it’s depressing, but I love it. I first saw it on the Muppet Show and loved it there. 🙂

And last but not least, Smoke Rings in the Dark by Gary Allan. A man in a Stetson, that voice… Le sigh.

I know it’s an eclectic grouping. I’m weird that way. What about you? What are your favorite songs or musicians?

I’d love to know.

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Dirty and Sweet by Megan Slayer

Malachi Brothers, book 1

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There’s a debt and she’s willing to pay — with her heart!

Alex Malachi wants a sub, but not just any girl. He needs the right one. The moment he sees Jessie, he knows he’s found the perfect sub. He won’t stop until she’s his.

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What I’m Watching Saturdays with @Meganslayer ~ Jefferson’s Secret Bible #televison

I started watching this because I like learning about history, but I stayed because it’s not so much about Jefferson’s rewriting his version of the bible, but the restoration and maintenance of the book. There’s a lot of good information about how books were bound at the time, publishers and materials. As a book lover, it’s a great show to learn about how books were put together during Jefferson’s time. If you’re interested in book binding and things about the composition of books, then this might be one to check out.

Relatively few people know that along with authoring the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson also compiled his own text, drawn carefully from passages extracted out of the New Testament, that he titled “The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth.” The book, which focused on the ethical teachings of Jesus, was a private undertaking for Jefferson and never made public in his lifetime. Now, experts at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History are meticulously conserving this fragile volume, page by brittle page. Along the way, they discover subtle hidden clues to Jefferson himself.

What I’m Reading Fridays with @meganslayer ~ Be My Baby by Ronnie Spector #books #reading

I picked this book up because it was listed with a group of great reads if you’re looking for something in the rock biography group. I’m glad I picked it up. I knew Ronnie Spector was married to Phil Spector, but this book has the honesty, the brutality and the heart of a woman who’s seen the dark side and come back out. I liked her honesty and vibrancy. She’s not mincing words. She had a rough life, but came back from it and I respect her more! Check it out.

Pop legend Ronnie Spector reveals the story of her dreamlike rise from the streets of Harlem to the pinnacle of rock stardom as lead singer of the Ronettes, and her nightmare descent into madness as the wife of Phil Spector, the pop hitmaker who kept her a virtual prisoner behind the locked doors of his darkened Beverly Hills mansion. Ronnie’s escape from that ordeal, and her subsequent struggle to reclaim her voice, her career, and her sanity, provide an emotional-packed climax to this smart, funny, and inspiring autobiography, named one of “The Top 25 Rock Memoirs of All Time” by Rolling Stone.   

This newly redesigned 358 page deluxe hardcover edition of Be My Baby includes dozens of color and black and white photographs from Ronnie’s personal collection. This fully indexed volume also includes a thoroughly updated discography with the most complete survey of Ronnie’s recording career ever published.

How I Decide What to Read Next with @meganslayer #books #Reading

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What is my criteria for how I choose what I’m going to read next… This is a loaded question. Really.

I don’t have one. Not really. I tend to gravitate to books. If someone suggests it, I might read it. If they hand it to me, I’ll probably read it – if it’s a romance book or something that strikes my fancy.

For example: I saw a list on Rollingstone.com for the Greatest Rock Biographies and had to look through it. Now some were ones I’d read. I’ve read a couple of Springsteen books and a couple about the Beatles, but I chose my next reads from that list. I did. I picked one about John Taylor from Duran Duran (autobiography) and one by Ronnie Spector (another autobiography), plus one that was an autobiography/art book by Debbie Harry. Great reads. I highly recommend all of them.

Then there are the books I picked up at the book sale. I get to help sort the books and that means I get the first choice for what to buy. Let me tell you, my bag gets very heavy by the time we’re done. And this way I’ve picked up quite a few good books that I might not have found otherwise. I picked up a Gene Wilder book, My French Whore. I wouldn’t have found that one simply roaming the shelves (it’s a slender volume and easily missed on a shelf), I found The Only Woman in the Room – about Heay Lamarr and her contributions to science and her radio system that prevented jamming (radio frequency hopping), plus a couple Al Franken books and a slew of romance books.

I’ve got a little stack in the kitchen that’s the pile of books to read. It includes Shrill, The Woman Who Wouldn’t, plus a John Grisham book or two. Oh, and a couple Stephen King books.

What about you? What do you like to read and how do you choose what you’re going to read next? I’d love to know!

Since you’re here, why don’t you check out my latest release, Dirty and Sweet. It’s naughty and fun!

Dirty and Sweet by Megan Slayer

Malachi Brothers, book 1

Changeling Press

Contemporary Erotic Romance

Mafia, New Adult, Silver Fox, BDSM, Spanking, Toys

Novella

Art by Bryan Keller

There’s a debt and she’s willing to pay — with her heart!

Alex Malachi wants a sub, but not just any girl. He needs the right one. The moment he sees Jessie, he knows he’s found the perfect sub. He won’t stop until she’s his.

Jessie Brown’s been in lust with Alex Malachi since she started working at his BDSM club, Indigo. When he requests her services, she can’t refuse. Jessie’s always had a thing for older men, and Alex fits her bill. But when Alex realizes Jessie’s father owes him over a hundred grand, will the offer involve paying the bill with her heart?

Available now:

https://www.changelingpress.com/dirty-sweet-malachi-brothers-1-b-3104

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https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/dirty-sweet-5

What I’m Reading Fridays with @meganslayer ~ In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death and Duran Duran by John Taylor #reading

I’m going to date myself a bit, but I remember when Rio and Hungry Like the Wolf came out. I loved them. They were so glossy and modern. Plus, John Taylor and Nick Rhodes were always my favorite members of Duran Duran. I guess I had a thing for glam men and androgynous ones. Anyway, I happened on a list of rock and roll biographies that were highly recommended (possibly on Rolling Stone magazine’s site) and this was one of the ones listed. I immediately put it in my queue. I’m glad I read this. There is so much more than just the band to John Taylor. This is candid, blunt and honest. Check it out!

The talent. The charisma. The videos. From their 1981 hit “Planet Earth” to their latest number-one album, All You Need Is Now, John Taylor and Duran Duran have enchanted audiences around the world. It’s been a wild ride, and—for John in particular—dangerous. John recounts the story of the band’s formation, their massive success, and his journey to the brink of self-destruction. Told with humor, honesty—and packed with exclusive pictures—In the Pleasure Groove is an irresistible rock-and-roll portrait of a band whose popularity has never been stronger.